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Morlais Hill ring cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Pant, Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Tudful)

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Latitude: 51.7774 / 51°46'38"N

Longitude: -3.3747 / 3°22'28"W

OS Eastings: 305255

OS Northings: 209643

OS Grid: SO052096

Mapcode National: GBR YP.ZCJK

Mapcode Global: VH6CR.GL99

Entry Name: Morlais Hill ring cairn

Scheduled Date: 1 December 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4013

Cadw Legacy ID: GM563

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Tudful)

Community: Pant

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of a ring cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC). It is situated on a ridge between two fairways on Morlais Hill Golf Course. The ring cairn is circular on plan and measures 26m in diameter within a grass-covered earthen bank spread to 2.5m in thickness and up to 0.4m in height. There are several stones visible within the bank material and the internal surface of the monument is uneven. There is a gap in the south-south-east side of the ring bank, measuring about 3m in breadth. An unusual subrectangular spur of earth and stone extends about 9m from the north side of the ring bank and measures about 4m in thickness. This stony protrusion is probably the result of clearance.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual. The monument is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of both intact burial and ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence.

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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